Poppies

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Greenfingered MoneySaving
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Greenfingered MoneySaving
We have some poppies in the bit of the garden that hasn't been done yet. The are quiet nice ones not the standard red ones and would like to collect some of the seed heads to replant next year. How long do the need to be left to develope before I can remove the seed heads?
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  • torbrextorbrex
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    If you shake the seed head and it rattles you can cut it off and store the seeds in a paper bag.
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    Hi Covered

    We collect poppy seeds every year - basically the smaller the head the quicker they dry out - what happens is the leaves fall off leaving the head, as they dry out, around the top small holes develop which then let the seeds out when the wind blows. they are ready when they go brown, and not before. I usually go out every day and the ones with brown heads get taken off and put in a paper bag/large envelope. I keep a packet of silica gel [which comes in handbags, trainers, coat pockets] in with my seeds as it stops them going mouldy. During autumn, when they are all dried out, i pop the top of each seed head and empty the seeds into the bag. The outside shells do sometimes have stray seeds in, so throw them where you are wanting more poppies to grow.
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